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New Year, New Faces at SMA
From a San Marcos Texas Boarding School

While our students were on vacation , SMA Texas boarding school staff members were as busy as bees, preparing classrooms, planning curriculum and schedules, and onboarding new faculty and staff. Parents will have the opportunity to meet our new and returning teachers on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. during “Meet the Teacher” night. As a preview,…

Relocation for Lower, Middle School

President Announces Transitional Plan While our students are away for the summer and enjoying their vacation, the Academy support staff is hard at work preparing the campus for the 2019-20 school year. One of the biggest projects facing the Academy this summer is the renovation of Davidson Hall to accommodate the tremendous growth in our…

It’s Elementary: SMA Expanding to Include K-5

Following the successful debut of an elementary (fourth and fifth grade) program this year, San Marcos Academy will add four additional grades next year to become a K-12 school in the Fall of 2018. While elementary instruction is not new to the Academy, it has been more than three decades since students in K-5 have…

Tuition: How Far Does It Go?

One of the questions we are often asked is where the money that supports San Marcos Academy comes from. Like many private, non-profit schools, we depend not only on tuition paid by students and their families, but also from charitable giving from corporate and private donors. Some families might think that the tuition and fees…

SMA to Become K-12 Campus in Fall 2018

Dear Parents and SMA Family, It is my great pleasure to announce that our Board of Trustees voted September 15 to return San Marcos Academy to its historical configuration of serving students from kindergarten through graduating high school (K-12). This significant enhancement to our academic program will take effect in the Fall of 2018, when…

Rocking Kindness at the SMA Lower School

Peace, joy and kindness do not grow on trees . . . or so we have been told. At San Marcos Academy, fourth and fifth grade students wanted to alter the laws of nature and allow the fruits of the spirit to take root on their campus. With that goal in mind, they implemented the…

Flags of the Nations: SMA Tradition Lives On

The Academy’s Hall of Flags When students and staff come into Carroll Hall to eat lunch, drop by the Sabre Bookstore or visit one of the administrative offices, they see the colorful Hallway of Flags hanging on either side of the hall near the infirmary entrance. The 26 flags represent countries from which past and…

Frank Hamer: Legendary Ranger’s SMA Connection

When Frank Hamer led the ambush that resulted in the death of the notorious gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in 1934, he probably did not foresee how closely his name would become linked to theirs. The 1967 movie “Bonnie and Clyde” solidified the connection, even though the film portrayed the Texas Ranger Hall of…

SAT Test Prep: SMA Will Offer New August Test Date

College Board Sets New August Test Date for SAT Rising juniors and seniors, and even underclassmen, will want to know about some important changes to the SAT testing schedule for 2017-18 and how San Marcos Academy is working to provide SAT test prep options that can improve your chances of getting accepted into the college…

Elementary School: SMA to Add Fourth and Fifth Grades in Fall 2017

Two new elementary school grades will be offered at San Marcos Academy next year as the 109-year-old institution expands its program to include both fourth and fifth grade instruction. The two elementary grades will make up a Lower School to complement the Academy’s well established Middle School (grades 6-8) and Upper School (grades 9-12) programs.…

Classical School: Does SMA Fall into this Category?

Classical School: Yes or No? One of the frequent questions posed by parents is whether or not SMA is a classical school. Some want the answer to be “no,” as they don’t want some strange form of education for their children. They want us to be similar to the school down the street, just better.…

G Suite for Education: Making the Google Apps Transition at SMA

An exciting initiative at San Marcos Academy over the past two years has been a transition from local email services to a Google hosting of our email @smabears.org. Everyone at SMA, including students, faculty, administration and staff, have google accounts through our Google Apps for Education (now called G Suite for Education). There are so…

Empty Bowls: Clay Students Use Artistic Skills to Fight Hunger

Did you know that one out of seven residents in Hays County (where San Marcos Academy is located) is food insecure? That amounts to more than 25,000 people in our county who lack reliable access to a sufficient supply of affordable, nutritious food. Members of SMA art instructor Ruth Schwartz’s clay classes are doing their…

Parents Spoke, SMA Listened: Changes Ahead for Tuition Payments

We have some exciting changes for the 2017-2018 school year that were recently approved by our Board of Trustees. Many of our current parents have shared with us valuable feedback about our student tuition and fees, invoicing procedures and other financial policies. We want you to know that we listened to you and were able to…

Weather Delays or Cancellations: How SMA Can Keep You Informed

Welcome to January in Texas, where the temperature here in San Marcos is 76 degrees. Yes, there is no place like Texas if you don’t like the cold! But we Texans also know that the weather here can change on a dime. We can throw on our shorts one day and pull out our heavy…

Fifth Grade Coming Back to SMA in Fall 2017

San Marcos Academy will offer a fifth grade class for day students beginning in the fall of 2017. The addition of a fifth grade will complement the school’s current sixth through twelfth grade program and will mark a return to lower school training at the 109-year old Academy. “We expanded our Middle School in the…

The Sabre Bookstore is Back and Better Than Ever!

Sabre Bookstore: Remodeled after the Flood In October of 2015, the SMA campus was hit hard with heavy rains and severe flooding. Many departments were affected on campus, two of which were the Sabre Bookstore and Uniform Supply. The damage displaced the bookstore for almost 6 ½ months and left the Uniform Supply Room out…

Custodians: Working Hard to Keep SMA Campus Clean

Often underappreciated and overlooked, the Academy’s custodial staff was recognized during chapel Monday, Oct. 3, for National Custodial Workers Recognition Day. Students often do not realize how hard our custodians work week in and week out, picking up trash, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, cleaning and stocking bathrooms, cleaning windows, and taking care of minor building maintenance…

Think Pink: SMA Supports Efforts to Fight Breast Cancer

Pink has become the new orange in the month of October, which since 1985 has been designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this annual international health campaign, various charitable organizations “think pink” by sponsoring events to increase awareness of breast cancer and raise funds to combat the disease and support those affected by…

A Tribute to Wonderland and Mrs. Fife from a Grateful Student

Now in its second half-century of operation, Wonderland School in San Marcos is a family-owned private school that has been one of the Academy’s long-time educational partners and feeder schools. Currently, SMA has 27 students who are former Wonderland kids, not to mention the scores of Academy graduates who had their start at Wonderland. (At…
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